Mrs. Rell has shown a good sense of priorities. She put billions of dollars into transportation, a pressing but long-ignored need. She put money into pilot programs to provide preschool to poor children and promises to expand them. She has kept state bonding in check and used a large budget surplus this year to reduce pension liabilities and state debt.
Mr. DeStefano, the underdog, has encouraged a real discussion of the state’s many problems. He wants to provide health coverage for the uninsured by closing corporate tax loopholes, a priority for the leaders of the Democratic-controlled Legislature. He’s talked about a windfall profits tax on energy and about lowering residential property taxes. These are good ideas. Voters will also undoubtedly notice that some of them are unnervingly expensive.
The biggest concern about Mr. DeStefano’s candidacy is something that he has no control over — the enormous political imbalance created by the decline of the Connecticut Republican Party. If he is elected, Connecticut will have, in effect, one-party rule; the Democrats are two votes shy of a veto-proof majority in the Legislature.
It seems to me that the NYT is really endorsing gridlock.
Editorial. "For Connecticut’s Governor". New York Times. 10/23/06